I learned to cook to see how nicer food was supposed to taste like about 10 years ago. I just like doing it. If I can't afford something, or don't know what something is, I'll find a recipe and cook it to taste it.
My favorite things to cook
New weird things, from scratch tasty things, and crowd pleasers
My favorite family cooking traditions
Orange sweet rolls at Christmas. Portuguese sweet bread for Easter.
My cooking triumphs
I made a custard once. Custards are tough to make. I made a great meal when I met my mother-in-law. I finally once made a pizza my husband was happy with.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 9, I used to make a killer tomato sauce, but burned the hell out of the pasta, and it always used to come out like a cake. Like we had to slice it. Never could boil things until after high school, really. Made a nice sauce though.